Bomb explodes outside Russian synagogue, no one hurt

June 21, 2010 17:57
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MOSCOW -- A powerful home-made bomb exploded outside of a Russian synagogue, early Monday morning; no one was injured. Property damage is estimated at $5,000.

The explosion in the town of Tver, about 140 miles northwest of Moscow, left a gaping hole in the door of the synagogue, damaged the iron fence of the building, and knocked out several windows in a neighboring house.

Anti-terrorism experts from the Moscow office of the Federal Security Service have been called to Tver to take part in the investigation.  Head of the city administration, Vladimir Babichev, suggested the explosion could be connected to a series of vandalism incidents at the Jewish cemetery in Tver.  A group of extremists from the Russian National Unity movement was arrested in 2006, after vandalizing about 200 Jewish gravestones with swastikas. Since then there have been several more incidents at the cemetery, but no one has been charged.

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